Alloy Steel International Advises Changes to CEO and Board
The Board has promoted Mr. Steven Kostecki who will transition from production manager to the role of CEO and managing director. Mr. Kostecki has been in charge of Arcoplate production since 2006 and has been mentored by Mr. Kostecki over the recent years in anticipation of his promotion to the CEO role.
Mr. Kostecki will continue in a consulting role to ensure the completion of the Indonesian facility and to continue research and development on new and advanced production units to help Alloy Steel International maintain its technical superiority in the field of metallic and ceramic wear resistant materials. The main terms of the consulting agreement include:
(a) Supervision of the Indonesian factory development;
(b) Design and construction of the new mill in Australia;
(c) Confirmation of IP and royalty arrangements; and
(d) Confirmation of a 5 year term and renewal options.
The Board has been in an extended negotiation in relation to the royalty rate paid on sales. The company has agreed to a new royalty rate of 6% which reflects current market rates of similar products and will be effective from 1 October 2012. This rate is consistent with market rates paid to unrelated parties as confirmed by the company's advisor.
The Board is very appreciative of the efforts of Mr. Kostecki who has nurtured the company from an idea, with a stream of inventions that have changed the understanding of chromium metallurgy and helped grow the company to become internationally recognized as providing the world's most wear resistant fused alloy steel plate. The company has a strong balance sheet, low debt and continues to expand.
Mr. Kostecki stated: "Success requires a team and through the actions of my loyal team, we have made a success of this company ... and this is just the beginning! I must pay particular tribute to my wife Maria who has provided solid support to ensure the company's survival in its first ten years.
"It is my current expectation that the company will continue to grow using this proven method and it will continue to service its current clients and seek new clients to ensure a continuation of sales. I will remain available in a consulting role to ensure the Company continues its growth."
Alloy Steel International manufactures and distributes Arcoplate, a market leading wear-resistant fused-alloy steel plate by a proprietary process. In mining processing industries, wear is the primary cause of down time, the period of time where machinery is not in operation because of the necessity of repairs or refurbishment. The Arcoplate product line substantially lowers down time and the resulting lost production. Arcoplate is widely accepted in the mining and mineral processing industries to protect a host of fixed plant and mobile equipment applications. Alloy Steel International boasts major mining companies as its clients and services the global market place from its Australian manufacturing facilities.
Alloy Steel International Inc. (AYSI) is the parent company of Alloy Steel (Int) Australia Pty Ltd. AYSI was incorporated in Delaware in September 2000 and listed on the OTCBB in July 2001 and acquired 100% of the share capital of Alloy Steel Australia (Int) Pty Ltd in June 2001. Alloy Steel Australia (Int) Pty Ltd, is the manufacturer of Arcoplate.